Denel maintains allegations around a bursary awarded to the son of North West premier Supra Mohamapelo are false.
“Denel notes various media article alleging, among other issues, that group chief executive Zwelakhe Ntshepe awarded a bursary to Oarabile Mohamapelo in contravention of Denel’s policy.
“Denel denies these allegations as false.
“The bursary award was made to three students based on the same criteria and/or considerations. Of these awards, only one has attracted interest of the media.
“The award was made in compliance with Denel’s relevant policy after full disclosure and a presentation to the Denel board of directors which was noted without any objection,” a statement issued by the State-owned defence and technology conglomerate said.
Trade union Solidarity at the weekend blew the whistle on the bursary, which will see 20-year-old Mohamapelo study to become a commercial pilot at 43 Air school in Eastern Cape. The union maintains, among others, that Denel does not award bursaries for aspiring pilots.